I work in a medium-sized company (20~ish employees) in a very large office building. The kitchen has a microwave, coffee maker, and even an espresso machine the CEO donated, and a fair bit of empty space. I bring my lunch in every day, but I find that I really miss the use of a toaster over for reheating or making food that isn't possible with a microwave. I'm wondering if it would be weird or improper to bring in my toaster oven from home. I'm not really willing to give it up completely and would take it back if I ever left. Should I go for it or just suffer microwave food?
I see three options:
1 - Ask the company to buy one, so everybody can use it
2 - Raise funds with your colleages to buy one (we did this with the coffee machine here)
3 - Bring your own, but be prepared to see people use or eventually break it.
Anyway, ask your boss or HR first to see if it is allowed to bring your own stuff to the office.
I'm wondering if it would be weird or improper to bring in my toaster oven from home.
I would think it weird if anyone under manager did this (managers are weird anyway until you become one). Especially if it was not in the greatest condition, and even more so if they retained ownership.
But not so weird that I would care much if someone else did it. I wouldn't use it anyway. So bring it to work if you must, ask permission first.